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12 of the best Cadillac cars and (SUVs) of the past 120 years

12 of the best Cadillac cars and (SUVs) of the past 120 years

Another Harley Earl-designed car, the ’53 Eldorado, was a limited-run, special edition convertible built to showcase GM’s styling prowess. Only 532 Eldorados – a production version of the previous year’s El Dorado “Golden Anniversary” concept car – were built during the single model year. It was essentially a Series 62 convertible at its core, with that car’s 331-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) Cadillac V-8 backed by a four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. But the Eldorado was packed with the latest GM accessories, including power windows, washers and a heater. It also introduced the wraparound windshield and shortened beltline for Cadillac production vehicles, featured exaggerated “bumper balls” scratched by another GM show car, and had a noticeable dip in the sheet metal at the bottom of the side windows. After the special one-year model from ’53, the Eldorado nameplate would live on in the Cadillac series for a total of 12 generations until 2002.